The NBA All-Star game’s ballot recently was announced. Evan Turner is on the list. He most likely won’t be voted in as a starter, but will get his chance coming off the bench this season.
Turner is having an All-Star season averaging 21.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and one steal per game. He scored a team-high 27 points, pulled six rebounds and shot 10-for-18 from the field in a win against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night.
The former second overall draft-pick and NCAA Naismith Player of the Year has taken major strides every season. Turner leads the Philadelphia 76ers in scoring (ranks 16th overall in the league’s scoring). He also ranks seventh overall among small forwards in rebounding. Turner is averaging more rebounds than LeBron James and slightly less than All-Stars Paul George and Kevin Durant.
His all-around stats and the Sixers current standing will help his chances as long as they keep playing well. He’s also filling in as the team’s leader the past two seasons in place of recent leader Andre Iguodala.
Turner had a few games managing a double-double and has shot well averaging 46.5 percent from the field.
Aside from fan-favorites James and Carmelo Anthony, Turner’s chances are as good as George’s or any other forward in the East. The criteria have usually been a player’s performance and team record for All-Star selection.
Turner is also the fourth-leading scorer among Eastern Conference forwards giving more reason for him to be selected.
He could also become the league’s most improved player. His scoring, rebounding, steals and free throw percentage spiked this season.
Michael Carter-Williams and Spencer Hawes could also be selected, particularly Carter-Williams who has flirted with a quadruple-double a few times this season.